NLC Strategic Planning

Driving Change: A Bold New Approach

Driving Change: A Bold New Approach

In order to chart a course that keeps the National League of Cities relevant to current and potential members while navigating the economic and political circumstances, we set forth on developing a three year strategic plan.

A Strategic Planning Task Force has spent the last year surveying, interviewing and listening to our individual members, leaders, councils, committees, constituency groups, state municipal leagues and staff.

We heard the feedback and we agree: it is time to transform the National League of Cities into the most relevant, powerful force for cities that it can be.

We're making a powerful new commitment as an organization. Going forward, everything we do will strive to embody eight core principles critical to our members. We will be:

  • Inclusive - nonpartisan, embracing diverse views, modeling civility, providing "many doors" into NLC
  • Focused - on what matters most to our members and municipalities nationwide
  • Valuable - as a resource and advocate for our members, and a partner to the state municipal leagues and federal policymakers
  • Influential - recognized as powerful, reliable and respected by federal policymakers
  • Visible - to our members, in Washington, DC, and in the news
  • Relationship Driven - building personal connections among members and with NLC staff
  • Forward Leaning - with compelling engagement opportunities and cutting edge ideas and technology
  • Financially Solid - with a diversified revenue model

To achieve this, we set five clear, powerful goals.

NLC's Strategic PlanGoal #1: Proactively drive federal policy.

Goal #2: Promote innovation and provide proven strategies and valuable resources.

Goal #3: Raise the profile of city governments as key leaders and partners in improving the quality of life for our nation.

Goal #4: Expand the capacity of city officials to serve as ethical, effective and engaged leaders.

Goal #5: Transform our organization so that it is focused on top priorities, fully aligned, nimble, accountable, and transparent.

Join us as we embark on this exciting transformation into a more streamlined, effective and value-driven organization!